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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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Fallon: Extremely inappropriate to fly 'jihadist' flag in UK

The Defence Secretary said it was "extremely inappropriate" to fly an Islamist "jihadist" flag in the UK, especially at this time.

Following reports that such a flag was flown outside a housing estate in east London, Michael Fallon said: "That is extremely inappropriate when British lives are at risk particularly in terms of terrorism from the jihad."

He went on: "Our focus now is on helping people who are suffering and they are clearly suffering now in the Sinjar mountains and elsewhere."

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